Accessible Public Rights-of-Way

Thursday, April 1, 2021
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


Ensuring access to public streets and sidewalks can be a challenge since new guidelines for accessible public rights-of-way have not yet been finalized under the ADA. This webinar will review available resources in the interim, namely the guidelines that the Access Board previously proposed for public rights-of-way and shared use paths. Presenters will discuss common issues and solutions, as well as review proposed requirements for sidewalks and street crossings, curb ramps and blended transitions, detectable warnings, pedestrian signals, on-street parking, street furniture, transit stops, and other components of public rights-of-way and shared use paths.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
California Architects Board 1.5
Certificate of Attendance 1.5
ICC 1.5


Juliet Shoultz, Transportation Engineer , Office of Technical and Information Services

Scott Windley, Accessibility Specialist , Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board

Questions for presenters:

1 Are we going to see movement on getting the PROWAG adopted as a Standard?
2 I hate to admit to being 7 years behind, but I am, and I am confused as to what document is the current draft PROWAG and where to find it on the website. Is it the 2013 version with shared use paths that I found on the website one day but I can't find now? That version is much shorter than the 2011 version I had been using. Was it just the rule making comments and responses that were dropped, or was it something else? Is there a list somewhere identifying what was added regarding shared use paths? Thanks
3 When is ADA compliance required in trails/walking pathways when the natural grade/slope / topography is an issue? I'm working on several public trail projects in environmentally sensitive areas where paving and/or grading is problematic due to sensitive environments (wetlands, etc.).
4 If street parking is provided by a municipality, what are the requirements to provide accessible parking on the street? we have street parking in our residential neighborhoods(not permitted or metered) and in our commercial districts. Is the best location for on-street ADA parking the first spot from the accessible curb cut?
5 Could you hone in on Access Board recommendations for shared use areas such as adjacent bike lanes and pedestrian facilities? Especially where they are flush similar materials? What are best practices for delineating between these uses to help blind pedestrians navigate?

Session Questions

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